Happy Birthday, PIRASAURS!

My second book – Pirasaurs! – comes out today!

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They’re pirates. They’re dinosaurs? They’re Pirasaurs!

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
We rule the open seas!
We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!
We do just what we please!

Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team.

But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

Pirasaurs! is available for purchase here or wherever books are sold.

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Watch the Pirasaurs! Book Trailer:

Which Pirasaur Are You?! Take the Quiz Here: https://www.boombox.com/c/quiz/256474/which-pirasaur-are-you

Want Coloring Pages? Download the Free Pirasaurs! Coloring Pages Here! (right click save link as)

Want to see me read Pirasaurs! in person? 

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Let Me Finish! written by Minh Lê & illustrated by Isabel Roxas

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2. They All Saw a Cat written & illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
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Pirasaurs! Book Trailer!

In case you missed it, the book trailer for Pirasaurs! debuted yesterday on Watch. Connect. Read. where I also finished the sentences of Mr. Schu. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been reading Mr. Schu’s site for years and to have the honor of finishing his sentences is pretty freakin’ cool.

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You can check out the full interview and book trailer premiere here. Pirasaurs! is illustrated by Michael Slack (*genius*) and will be published by Scholastic on August 30, 2016 (but is available for pre-order from all bookstores now).

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Orangutangled written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Aaron Zenz

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2. Polkabats and Octopus Slacks written & illustrated by Calef Brown

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Pirasaurs! Is Now Available for Pre-Order

PIRASAURS! is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold!

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Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk & Michael Slack from Scholastic

They’re pirates. They’re dinosaurs? They’re Pirasaurs! RAWRGH!

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
We rule the open seas!
We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!
We do just what we please!

Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team.

But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

Available August 30, 2016, illustrated by Michael Slack, published by Scholastic

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. How to Cheer Up Dad written & illustrated by Fred Koehler
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2. Be a Friend written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
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Pirasaurs! Cover Reveal

Big news today! My 2nd book, Pirasaurs! now has a cover! Amazingly illustrated by the immensely talented Michael Slack, Pirasaurs! will be published by Scholastic on August 30, 2016.

And even better news, librarian Travis Jonker is graciously hosting the reveal at his School Library Journal blog 100 Scope Notes (if you aren’t already following Travis’s blog, you really Must – with a capital M).


So head over, check it out, share with the world, and mark your calendars for August 30th. RAWRGH!!!

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Circus Ship written & illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
 2. Faraway Friends written & illustrated by Russ Cox

Cybils Award Nominations

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast was recently nominated for a Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Award (The Cybils) along with many other fantastic picture books (see the entire list here) – and thank you to the nominator! And the good news is that you – yes YOU – can still nominate any book that hasn’t already been nominated! Nominations are open through October 15th in the Picture Book category, as well as 10 other children’s and young adult categories.

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I nominated Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley. Now it’s your turn. Click here to nominate books for the Cybils.

Two for You

(two books I highly recommend)

1. Cat Nights written and illustrated by Jane Manning

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Get ready for Halloween with this story of a witch transforming into a cat.

2. Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever – or Snack Time? written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Michael Slack

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A stunningly illustrated tale of underwater friendship.

My First Podcast Interview: Let’s Get Busy with Matthew Winner

Just a quick note today: if you’ve never listened to the Let’s Get Busy Podcast with Matthew Winner, you certainly should. And today you have TWO reasons … because I am the featured guest on Episode #193 talking about Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast!

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In this interview I:

I highly recommend you subscribe to the Let’s Get Busy Podcast if you haven’t already. Matthew Winner has so many amazing interviews with fabulous guests in the previous 192 episodes (and many more lined up to come!). And certainly check out his new home for the podcast – All the Wonders, a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways.

Also, I decided today to start a new tradition. Because so many of my blog posts are about me, I’d like to share two favorite books by others at the end of every post from this day forward. I’ve decided to very creatively call this:

Two for You

(two books I highly recommend)

1. Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

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I love everything about this book. Get the tissues ready, cause it made me start crying in the middle of a bookstore.

2. Snoozefest written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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Great rhymes and illustrations, and starring a sloth.

Book Announcement: Pirasaurs!

From the September 30, 2014 Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf Rights Report:

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I’m thrilled to be paired with Michael Slack, who recently illustrated Tammie Sauer’s NUGGET & FANG, and wrote and illustrated MONKEY TRUCK, ELECOPTER, WAZDOT? and the upcoming TURTLE TUG.

I’ve been a big fan of Slack’s art for a while now, and I’ve been giddy ever since my friends at Scholastic(!) mentioned his name as a possibility. Check out the amazing potpourri of fantastic images at his website!

And get ready for PIRASAURS! in 2016!!!